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2022 Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools

1,920 Colleges
$31,952 Avg Salary
$24,936 Avg Student Debt

In 2019-2020, 113,581 criminal justice and corrections students received their degrees and certificates, making the major the #5 most popular in the country.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Course Advisor has created its Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. This report analyzed 1,920 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular online programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The following schools top our list of the Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Colleges.

Our analysis found University of Phoenix - Arizona to be the most popular school for criminal justice and corrections students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Tempe.

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The excellent online programs at Sam Houston State University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best criminal justice and corrections schools in the United States. Located in the town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#3

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

The excellent online programs at Liberty University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best criminal justice and corrections schools in the United States. Liberty University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend American Public University System. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. American Military University is a very large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Charles Town.

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#5

Purdue University Global

Indianapolis, IN

Out of the 482 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Purdue University Global landed the # 5 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, Purdue University Global is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#6

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

Columbia Southern University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #6 on the list. Columbia Southern University is a large private for-profit school located in the town of Orange Beach.

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The University of Arizona Global Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #7 on the list. UAGC is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of San Diego.

Criminal Justice majors at UAGC take out an average of $39,094 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $432.

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Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs landed the #8 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best criminal justice and corrections programs. Located in the large city of Colorado Springs, Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, criminal justice majors at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs accumulate an average of around $42,129 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $464.

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American InterContinental University - Online did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #9 on the list. AIU Online is a large private for-profit school located in the rural area of Schaumburg.

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#10

Monroe College

Bronx, NY

Monroe College landed the #10 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best criminal justice and corrections programs. Located in the large city of Bronx, Monroe College is a private for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Monroe College take out is $24,016. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $263.

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#11

South Texas College

McAllen, TX

South Texas College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. South Texas College is a fairly large public school located in the city of McAllen.

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Eastern Gateway Community College landed the #12 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best criminal justice and corrections programs. Eastern Gateway Community College is a fairly large public school located in the city of Steubenville.

Criminal Justice majors at Eastern Gateway Community College take out an average of $7,050 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $73.

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#13

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

Saint Leo University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Saint Leo, St. Leo University is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their degree, criminal justice graduates from St. Leo University carry an average student debtload of $38,333. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $422.

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University of Maryland Global Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #14 on the list. UMGC is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Adelphi.

Criminal Justice majors at UMGC take out an average of $31,235 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $351, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #15, Western Illinois University did quite well on this year’s best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. Located in the remote town of Macomb, WIU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Criminal Justice majors at WIU take out an average of $23,250 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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El Paso Community College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. El Paso Community College is a very large public school located in the city of El Paso.

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With a ranking of #17, Southern New Hampshire University did quite well on this year’s best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. SNHU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Manchester.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at SNHU take out is $25,300. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#18

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Grand Canyon University is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the large city of Phoenix.

The average amount in student loans that criminal justice majors at Grand Canyon University take out is $31,553. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $351, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Berkeley College - New York came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools ranking. Located in the city of New York, Berkeley College - New York is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their degree, criminal justice graduates from Berkeley College - New York carry an average student debtload of $27,901. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $290.

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University of Houston - Downtown landed the #20 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best criminal justice and corrections programs. Located in the city of Houston, UH Downtown is a public school with a large student population.

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Arizona State University - Skysong ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#22

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, GA

Central Georgia Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the small city of Warner Robins, CGTC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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Suffolk County Community College landed the #23 spot in the 2022 rankings for the best criminal justice and corrections programs. Suffolk County Community College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Selden.

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#24

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS

Grantham University ranked #24 on this year’s Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list. Located in the city of Lenexa, Grantham University is a private for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#25

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA

With a ranking of #25, University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for criminal justice and corrections students. University of Virginia is a very large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

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#26

Berkeley College - Woodland Park

Woodland Park, NJ
#29

Columbia College

Columbia, MO
#31

Troy University

Troy, AL
#32

Post University

Waterbury, CT
#33

Kean University

Union, NJ
#34

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA
#36

Bethel University

McKenzie, TN
#37

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX
#39

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC
#40

Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado Springs, CO
#42

Portland State University

Portland, OR
#42

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA
#46

Bossier Parish Community College

Bossier City, LA
#48

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY
#48

Rio Hondo College

Whittier, CA
#50

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 1920 different United States criminal justice and corrections schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
52 Davidson County Community College Thomasville, NC
53 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
54 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
55 North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
56 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
57 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR
57 Ball State University Muncie, IN
59 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
60 Hartnell College Salinas, CA
60 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
62 National University La Jolla, CA
63 Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK
64 Georgia Military College Milledgeville, GA
65 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
65 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
67 Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC
68 Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL
69 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
70 ECPI University Virginia Beach, VA
71 Lamar University Beaumont, TX
72 Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools award.

Rank College Location
73 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA
74 Excelsior College Albany, NY
75 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
76 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
76 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
78 Union County College Cranford, NJ
78 Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
80 Central Community College Grand Island, NE
81 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
81 Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin, GA
83 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
84 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
84 Yavapai College Prescott, AZ
86 Baker College Owosso, MI
86 Strayer University - Virginia Arlington, VA
86 Wichita State University Wichita, KS
89 Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill, CA
90 American InterContinental University - Atlanta Atlanta, GA
91 Brandman University Irvine, CA
92 Strayer University - Georgia Atlanta, GA
92 Collin County Community College District McKinney, TX
92 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
95 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
96 Northampton County Area Community College Bethlehem, PA
96 New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces, NM

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Other Homeland Security 1,793

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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